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Ski Experience - Angel Fire

Just a half-hour drive from Taos, you'll find the 210 inches of amazing bone dry powder. Angel Fire is one of the nation's premier family resorts with as many of the runs set up to be fairly easy and safe. Keep in mind, if you have an aversion to snowboarders this may be a bit of a detraction for you, as Angel Fire is immensely popular with the boarding crowd, as the nearby Taos Ski Resort does not allow snowboarding.

Ski Levels

Beginners will want to head for the bunny hill of Exhibition and Valley or go for a touch more challenge over at Bodacious, Headin' Home, Hallelujah, La Bajada or Highway. When intermediates are ready to really challenge your skiing skills to the max, this resort is renowned for such intermediate to advanced runs as Prospector, Jasper's, Arriba, Mother Lode, Hell's Bells, Hully Gully, Baa-da-bing, Fat City, and Fire Escape. The choice is not as wide for the expert skiers, but some interesting challenges can be found on Nitro and Detonator.

When you want to try out some artificial features, just head to one of two terrain parks. Lowrider Park is the park of choice for the beginners and children with fairly rollers, short rails, funboxes, and jumps. Liberation Park where the advanced skiers with a series of experts only hits, rails, table tops,funboxes, and jumps. You can also test your mettle against the one and only halfpipe in the entire state. Angel Fire's superb ski school has a great range of courses for skiers of every age and skill level, from small children to advanced adult skiers.

Après Ski

Check out Aldo's Cafe and Cantina for some wonderful bistro all'Italiana, Branding Iron for tasty breakfasts, and Zebadiah's is an excellent family restaurant. The Summit Haus serves up yummy grilled burgers and brats or take the kids over to the Pizza Stop. There is a somewhat limited array of dining facilities near the mountain, so if you really want to find some superlative off the slopes meals, there are some of the really interesting spots a few miles away from the mountain. You can drive seven miles away to Eagle Nest or take the fifteen mile drive to Taos, and then you'll be overwhelmed by the choices of great restaurants and recreational opportunities.

The Angel Fire area is set in the Carson National Forest which is an incredible and wide-ranging area to explore during any season, but it is especially beautiful during the wintertime. One of the greatest and most unique attractions in the region are the ancient pre-Columbian Native American pueblos in the area, which will give you an insight into the ways of life of the original inhabitants of this state.